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  1. sdunks

    sdunks Member

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    Periodic use

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by sdunks, Apr 6, 2013.

    Hi, just a quick question. Does this make sense?

    The steps of a ladder are at periodic levels.

    If not is there a different word you would suggest?

    Thanks.
     
  2. jannert

    jannert Contributing Member Supporter Contributor

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    Does the concept of 'evenly spaced' help in any way? It's the first thing that came to mind, anyway...
     
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    Wouldn't people assume the steps were even unless you indicated otherwise? (Not to say you can't be pointing to a difference between previously encountered ladders which had uneven steps.)
     
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    Context for this would help a lot.
     
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    Evenly spaced, regularly spaced, at regular intervals, etc.
     
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    I agree that context would help as I'm not sure why you're describing a ladder in detail, as a ladder is
    pretty much self-explanatory.
     
  7. sdunks

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    Yes sorry I agree. It actually has nothing to do with a ladder, I just found that easier to explain. Currently, this is my sentence:

    The trees around the plains were all similar: twisting up high with their branches drooping off at periodic levels.

    Basically, the branches that run up the tree trunk are evenly spaced. Would periodic work here?
     
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    I don't think you mean that all the trees had their branches drooping at the same point? And you're talking about more than one plain here?

    The trees around the plain(s) were similar: trunks twisting towards the heavens, their branches drooping.


    Describing the trees as similar would indicate to the reader that they were perhaps of the same species, or closely related.
     
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    'periodic' makes no sense in re physical spacing...

    and that sentence makes no sense, either, sorry to say...

    what you seem to mean is:

    follow that best of all writer's axioms, 'less is more'... and its old army cousin, the 'K.I.S.S.!' principle, for good, readable writing...

    love and hugs, maia
     
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    Well I guess I came here to hear that! Yes there are multiple plains, and what I'm trying to say is that all the trees are the same (except one feature which I describe in the next sentence) and their branches grow from evenly spaced points up the tree. I suppose it's kind of like an artificial Christmas tree, how would you describe the spacing on that?
     
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    Duplicate post.
     
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    evenly-spaced
     
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    Went for evenly spaced in the end, but thanks for all the responses, can always trust this website to deliver the goods!
     

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